VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH 900-1050 AD
Circular bronze, just under 1” diameter of flattened form with low rounded front incised with a line and flat back. Fastened in groups to the jerkin, these small metal brooches provided a measure of protection against sword cuts and, in fact, were a form of armor. See current Public Television programming for documentation of these in action. As protectors, they also held spiritual significance for the warrior. Professionally refurbished with the 24k gold overlay restored and suspended from a premium polished leather neck cord with gilt closure. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.